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Don't taunt Port, says Crows coach

By Steve Larkin 24/07/2010 10:40:23 AM Comments (0)

Adelaide coach Neil Craig has implored Crows fans not to taunt Port Adelaide with wooden spoons in Sunday's AFL showdown.

In a rare show of diplomacy between the arch South Australian rivals, Craig also urged Port supporters to stick with their club despite their current predicament.

The Power enter Sunday's twilight fixture on a nine game losing streak, while the Crows have won four in a row to be finals possible's.

After Port won the round six encounter between the clubs, then Power coach Mark Williams appealed to SA's children to consider the direction each club was headed.

"I still look around and see too many kids wearing Crows jumpers for my liking," said Williams after round six.

"It's time (for them) to start to look around and decide which team is going up and which team is going down."

At the time, Port had won four and the Crows had lost six consecutive games.

But since Williams' barb, the Power have won just once while the Crows have triumphed in seven from 10.

"I think what Mark alluded to was junior members coming across," Craig said.

"The junior members of Port Adelaide should stay exactly where they are, not because we don't want them, but here is a great opportunity to support a footy club that needs some support, not to jump ship at the easiest time to jump ship.

"So in terms of some values in life, I encourage their younger supporters to stay with them, show some resilience, show some support, show some perseverance - hang in there with them."

Some Port supporters celebrated their round six victory by provocatively waving wooden spoons at Crows players.

But Craig implored his fans not to retaliate despite Port being just one win above last placed West Coast.

"Don't worry about the wooden spoon stuff, just concentrate on their team - it's exactly what I would be talking to our players about: worry about what we do, not worry about the opposition," he said.

Craig said the Crows related to Port's current problems.

"But they'll come out of it, I'm sure they'll come out of it," he said.

"So it's just a matter of their supporters and their sponsors keeping calm."

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